Liverpool star Ragnar Klavan believes the positive competition within the team is pushing every player to be better, in addition to motivating them to keep on working hard.
Since his arrival from Bundesliga outfit Augsburg this summer, the Estonian has managed to make his mark at Anfield, often forming a solid central defensive pairing with Dejan Lovren.
After being on the bench several times in November, Klavan has featured in Jurgen Klopp’s starting eleven in the last five Premier League games.
Following Monday’s 2-2 draw against Sunderland, Klavan explained that the manager has options for every position and that encourages every player to get better.
“That is something nice and helps us all to get better”, Klavan told the club website.
“And it helps the team, especially, because it is a team performance and we always want to have the best team out.
““This is how you get the best result”, added the centre-back.
The 31-year-old said every player keeps on working hard to be in the starting line-up and explained: “It’s positive and good, everybody has to be on their toes and keep on working; nobody can slouch back and say they have made it.”
Klavan has made 13 appearances for the Reds this season in all competitions and also has a goal to his name.
Liverpool are currently second in the Premier League table and are five points behind league leaders Chelsea.
They will kick-off their FA Cup campaign against Plymouth Argyle on Sunday and will be looking to bounce back strongly after their draw against the Black Cats.